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1879 Morgan Dollar Pattern in Silver
Judd-1611, PR68 Cameo
Finest Known

1879 $1 Morgan Dollar, Judd-1611, Pollock-1807, Low R.7, PR68 Cameo NGC. The obverse is that of the regular-issue Morgan dollar, while the reverse shows a statuesque eagle perched, head facing left, with downward-pointed wings, clutching an olive branch and three arrows. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR encircle the border. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
This "near-Morgan dollar" poses an interesting contrast with the adopted design. The obverse is as-issued. The eagle on this reverse shows considerable differences, the shape of the head and the center breast, in particular, approach the circulation design, but are still noticeably different. The result of Morgan's efforts was an eagle that was described as "scrawny." About a dozen pieces are extant of this variety, and it is known in both copper and silver.
This is the finest example known of this popular Morgan dollar pattern. A PR67 is recorded at both NGC and PCGS, these are the closest contenders and neither of these pieces are designated as a Cameo. The fields are deeply mirrored with noticeably contrasting mint frost over the devices. When examined with a strong loupe there are simply no contact marks or other imperfections apparent on either side. Even the striking details are complete. When closely examined one notices just the slightest accent of golden patina on each side, but the coin primarily presents as brilliant because of the exceptional depth of mirrored reflectivity in the fields. Morgan dollar collectors take an interest in such patterns as this as it allows the student of the series to trace the progression of various concepts through to the adopted design. (NGC ID# 2AH2, PCGS# 61989)

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